Himmatlal Dhirajram Bhachech
Himmatlal was born to a Brahmin family of Ahmedabad, Gujrat. His father, Dhirajram, died when Himmatlal was young.[clarification needed] Though the family struggled with poverty, he managed to complete his studies with financial assistance. He ultimately received an engineering degree from Pune.
Himmatlal worked for many years in the Public Works Department as an engineer. He is credited with rebuilding the Ellis Bridge of Ahmadabad in 1892, originally built in 1869. Himmatlal reconstructed the bridge at a cost of Rs 4.07 lakhs. As this was below the projected budget of Rs 5 lakhs, the government originally suspected Himmatlal of using poor quality building materials. An inquiry committee eventually recognized his construction as better than original work, and subsequently honored him for saving the country's money.
Himmatlal Dhirajram Bhachech died on September 30, 1922.
In 1979, a road in Ahmadabad was named in his honor as Engineer Himmatlal Dhirajram Marg.
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- Times of India - Himmatlal, Engineer
- Ahmedabad Mirror
- Gujarat College|quote=The engineering skills for constructing the buildings was extended by Rav Bahadur Himmatlal Dhirajram Bhachech, President, Ahmedabad Municipality.